Recruiting Recap 5/18

Welcome to another edition of the Recruiting Recap! I want to quickly address my tweet last night in a longer format – college coaches looking for info just skip past this. So I know some of you who follow find my tweet last night about committing before a college visit as controversial, but understand that I’m basing this off purely by numbers. Each year we end up with right at 350-400 players holding FBS offers in June! That’s crazy right? But every year we end up with just 200-250 FBS signees. How does roughly 40% end up at a lower division? Some stem from academics, but a lot come from players waiting too long. The virus is only amplifying that issue.

I understand that waiting to take a visit before committing traditionally is the correct path to take, and something we have advocated for, but this is not a traditional time. The virus has created the longest dead period in modern recruiting history here, and has essentially been in place since February. Colleges have continued to keep offering players, and if you hold an offer from a D1 program then odds are they have offered 20 other players at your position.

So this really can break two ways here. The unlikely scenario that most athletes wait until the end of June when the dead period is lifted, and take visits afterwards, which still creates a mad dash to get on campus quickly to make your decisions. Also, you need to keep in mind that the dead period has been pushed back three times now. Or option two. Where the uncertainty of what might come this summer leads to a huge commit wave that forces players into committing very soon or they lose out on a large percentage of their offers. This commit wave happens every year around June anyways, and it only takes a small group to make it happen. Spots are going to be taken, and when options start to dwindle that will force the hand for a lot of recruits into a decision. There is almost a trickle down effect here.

Obviously, this is not an ideal situation, but that’s the reality we live in right now. I wanted to issue a fair warning to all, as I’m convinced this will be happening soon. Take that information as you will, disagree if you want, but I’m convinced that it is coming.

And now back to our normally scheduled Recruiting Recap where we tally up last weekend’s offers, three players who are heating up and our sleeper of the day.

Weekend Offers

Bryson Estes
2021 ELCA
Air Force

Caden Williams
2021 Buford

Jaylon Beasley
2021 Palmetto Prep

Davin Driskell
2022 Greenbrier

Jalen Marshall
2021 South Paulding
Air Force

Brady Niblock
2021 Fellowship Christian
Centre Univ.

Cameron Barnes
2021 Mundy’s Mill
Clark Atlanta

Devin McGlockton
2021 South Forsyth
Tenn State

Wason Davis
2021 Shaw
West Liberty

Amir Harper
2021 Shaw
West Liberty & Tenn State

Adam Hopkins
2023 Thomas Co. Central
Michigan State

William Rudeseal
2021 Stephens Co.

Cameron Roetherford
2022 Macon Co.
Central Michigan

Ozzie Hoffler
2021 Woodward Acd.

Matthew D Alexander
2021 Buford

Jaden Gaines
2021 Chattahoochee
Arkansas State

Dylan Merrell
2021 Alpharetta

Mason Kaplan
2021 Norcross

Alex Boyd
2021 Heard Co.
Coastal Carolina

Tyrease Jones
2021 Brunswick

Kaleb Edwards
2021 Dacula
Notre Dame

Damari Alston
2022 Woodward Acd.
Louisville & Wisconsin

Caleb Downs
2023 Mill Creek
Ole Miss

Tyler Gibson
2022 John’s Creek
Miss State

Avieon Terrell
2023 Westlake

Corey Barnes
2021 Mundy’s Mill
Coastal Carolina & Clark Atlanta

Andrew Worthy
2021 Hillgrove

Michael Daugherty
2023 Grayson
Texas & Georgia

Martin Gordon
2021 East Paulding

Nate Boehm
2021 Veterans

Deion Lacy
2021 Shaw

Jadyn Walker
2021 North Cobb
Birmingham Southern

Mason McCranie
2021 Buford
Birmingham Southern

Jacob Merrifield
2021 Winder-Barrow

Ejike Adele
2021 Westminster

Tre’Von Marshall
2021 Community Christian

Caden Hutchinson
2021 Glynn Acd.
Arkansas Baptist & Norwich College

Michael Porter
2021 Norcross
Robert Morris

Jevon Sims
2021 Campbell
Carthage, Ohio Wesleyan & Olivet College

Kye Robichaux
2021 Glenwood

Manny Hayes
2021 Cartersville
Culver-Stockton & Huntingdon

Kanay Charlton
2022 Brunswick
Miss State

James Ziglor
2021 Harrison

Jackson Ellerbee
2021 George Walton Acd.
Ohio-Wesleyan & Sewanee

Dwayne Shor
2022 Denmark

Marcus Allen
2022 Walton

Jabin Ford
2021 Taylor Co.

Carlton Carters
2021 Lakeside

Luc Louissaint
2021 Campbell

Michael Cabellero
2022 Windsor Forest
Arkansas Baptist

Ty Marshall
2021 Whitewater

Daniel Martin
2022 Marietta

Chance Gamble
2021 Fitzgerald
Bucknell & Army

Zion Merine
2021 Spencer

Jalik Yancey
2021 Campbell

Nolan Tully
2021 Blessed Trinity
Ave Maria

Jacurri Brown
2022 Lowndes
West Virginia

Amari Wansley
2021 Buford
Middle Tenn

Three Heating Up

Corey Barnes
2021 Mundy’s Mill

The 2021 athlete has seen an influx of offers the last few weeks here among D1 programs. At 6’2″ and 190 lbs. he is an explosive quick-twitch athlete who can change directions on a dime then accelerate to some legit speed. Barnes explodes out his routes, and his speed just leaps on film. His most recent offers are from Coastal Carolina, Tenn State, Murray State, Southern Illinois and Akron. Seriously, there are not many athletes in the state with his kind of speed, and we definitely think more FBS offers are on the way here.

Michael Daugherty
2023 Grayson

The freshman impressed in 2019, and a prospect that immediately caught our attention. Well, it looks like we were not the only ones. Just over the weekend Texas and UGA offered with Florida coming into today too. He’s been on a recruiting tear honestly with P5 programs across the country submitting their bid. Daugherty looks to be another great defensive back that have walked the halls of Grayson, and we fully expect him being a top 25 player in this Georgia class.

Davin Driskell
2022 Greenbrier

Driskell received his first P5 offer back on Friday from Virginia, and that’s really just kicking off his recruitment honestly. The long 6’5″ athlete went to our combine his freshman year, and blew us away with his athletic potential. He’s explosive, long and on film showcases some good hand-eye coordination too. It’s not a surprise to see that he also excels at baseball and basketball. Driskell is a complete athlete with outstanding size, and I’m willing to be more P5 programs will be offering shortly here. He played all over the field as a sophomore, but we really like his upside playing off the edge on defense, and should continue to fill out nicely into his 6’5″ frame.

Sleeper of the Day

Jason Parham
2021 Howard

Parham found a way to make a big impact on defense and special teams in 2019. He totaled 71 tackles, 4 interceptions, 4 FF, 8 PBU’s and also combined for 5 blocked field and punts too and he did that in just 7 games. Those are some serious numbers for a safety. Parham does a very good job of reading the play and always being around the ball. He does a fantastic job timing his jump on field goals. Parham is a solid tackler, but needs to do a better job of setting up his attempt and not just diving at the ball carriers feet. Would like to see him drop his hips and wrap up more at the thighs. He has a few good sticks on a ball carrier where he does everything right but would like to see more consistency. Parham’s ability to create turnovers is a real talent, and says a lot about his IQ/awareness on the field. He has a good frame to be over 200 lbs. at the next level, and think that SS would be a good fit. Right now, his only two offers are from Reinhardt and Notre Dame College – fully expect more D1 interest as we get into the summer.


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